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Vocabulary: competitive sports

1 Match the following words and phrases to the appropriate definitions.
  1. an also-ran
  2. the decathlon
  3. the shot put
  4. to pull out a winner
  5. the discus
  6. a setback
  7. a comeback
  8. set a record
  9. the pursuit of glory
  10. a bronze medallist
  11. to resume training
  1. something that delays or prevents progress, or makes things worse than they were
  2. a competition including ten different sports
  3. someone who has come third in a competition e.g. the Olympics
  4. to run a race faster, jump further etc. than anyone else
  5. an event where you try and throw a heavy metal ball as far as possible
  6. someone who has failed to win a competition
  7. to start practising your event or sport after a period of absence
  8. to produce the throw, score the goal etc., often unexpectedly, which results in victory
  9. doing well again after being absent or unsuccessful for a period of time
  10. the act of trying to achieve fame and honour in a determined way
  11. an event where you try and throw a heavy plate-shaped object as far as possible
2 Discuss these questions.
  1. If a bronze medal is for third place, what are for first and second places?
  2. There are 'track' events and 'field' events. Apart from the discus and shot put, what other field events do you know?
  3. What different events are involved in the decathlon?
  4. Do you know any matches or sporting occasions when a team or player has pulled out a winner at the last moment?
    1. Name a sportsperson who has had a number of setbacks in their career,
    2. Name a sportsperson who has made a comeback after a period of absence.
  5. Why do you think some athletes are so driven by the 'pursuit of glory'?

Problem Solving Task (Speaking)

Work with another student or the teacher. Imagine you are considering ways to encourage people to do more sports or exercise. Below are some ideas for you to consider. Talk to each other about the different ideas and try and decide which would be the most effective.
4 Now listen to two people doing Exercise I. As you listen, make a note of:
  • three expressions used to make an additional point
  • three expressions used to indicate lack of complete agreement
5 Discuss the following questions with another student. Where appropriate, use the expressions you made a note of earlier.
  1. How important do you think it is that ordinary people take regular exercise?
  2. Do you think the way some people become dedicated fans of a particular team is healthy or unhealthy? Why?
  3. Is there any real difference, do you think, between watching sport on TV and actually going to the event?
  4. What are the potential problems for child athletes who dedicate themselves to their sport?
  5. Do you think there is any problem with the role of business and advertising in sport today?
  6. Do you think the Olympic Games is more than just a big sports competition?

Listening: no football for girls

Discuss with other students. Do you think it is right that girls and boys should be separated in sports? If so, from what age should be separated?
7 Listen to this extract from a radio programme about Harriet Slynn, a young sportswoman. Answer these questions.
  1. Which of the following sports are not referred to?

    cycling - football - cricket - rugby - golf
    skiing - basketball - horse riding - athletics - gymnastics - swimming

  2. How would you describe Harriet's parents' attitude to their daughter?
8 Listen again and write down the significance of these words/phrases. EXAMPLE: Nine - The age that Harriet had to quit her football career.
  1. 148th
  2. lm30cm
  3. three
  4. midfield
  5. a cauliflower ear
  6. six out of seven
  7. Fridays
  8. a woman referee
9 Do you think opportunities for boys and girls in general are equal these days? If not, why not? football
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